Author Archives: Jeremiah Ingram

Fruit of the Spirit

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are…

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5: 19, 22, 23 (KJV)

These virtues are characterized as fruit in contrast to works. Only the Spirit of God can produce them, and not our own efforts.

Note that in verse 19 concerning the works of the flesh are plural, but the fruit of the Spirit is one and indivisible. When the spirit fully controls one’s life, He produces all of
these graces.

The first three; love, joy and peace concern our attitude towards God.

The second three; longsuffering, gentleness and goodness, deals with our social relationships. And the last three; faith, meekness and temperance describes principles that guild our conduct.

Lord, help us to remember these qualities in our walk with You and include them in all areas of life given to us. Amen.

Jeremiah Ingram, Chaplain/ Director of Spirituality
College Park, Fort Myers, FL

A Small Still Voice

1 Kings 19

And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

A still small voice.

In the mist of our very busy day with duties to be done, we become so involved, racing around doing “God’s work, “ that many times we miss what God is trying to say to us. We need to be able to discern the way God is moving. To say who He would have us to contact or comfort or pray with.  We cannot discern these things on our own, but only
by hearing the voice of God. This is the ONLY way we can truly be followers of
God.
Remember, it only takes one word from God to change ANY situation. We can be His messenger to those who are lonely, hurting and in deep need of encouragement, love, hope and purpose.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to slow down in our busy day-to-day lives so we can hear Your still small voice and then be the messengers of love, hope and compassion to others we come in contact with. Thank You. Amen.

Pastor Jeremiah Ingram
Chaplain-Signature HealthCare at College Park